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Taoiseach Micheál Martin said he understood where the President was ‘coming from’ with regard to his decision not to attend the commemoration service next month. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has dismissed suggestions that Anglo-Irish relations have been damaged by the decision of President Michael D Higgins not to (...)

World greenhouse gas emissions are set to rise 16 per cent by 2030 compared with 2010, based on all the existing climate pledges that have been formally submitted by the 191 parties to the Paris accord. Photograph: iStock

The world’s climate pledges are far off track from meeting the goals of the Paris climate accord, according to a new UN report card that tallies up na(...)

There are problems across the entire food supply chain in the UK – and we do a lot of business there. Photograph:   Andrew Aitchison/Getty Images

Don’t tell me you’re going to say the C word? It’s way too soon to talk about Christmas surely? It is and it isn’t, but mostly it isn’t. Supply chain(...)

The invitation sent to Michael D Higgins said the service next month would be ‘of Christian worship hosted, organised and led by the leaders of the Church of Ireland, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian and Methodist Churches and the Irish Council of Churches’. Photograph:  Filippo Monteforte/AFP via Getty

The Church Leaders Group, which is hosting the controversial service in St Patrick’s Cathedral Armagh next month, have said President Michael D Higgin(...)

US secretary of state Antony Blinken: “We place fundamental value on that relationship, on that partnership.” Photograph:   Andrew Harnik/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Antony Blinken, the US secretary of state, said France remained a “vital partner” in the Indo-Pacific region in an attempt to calm the fury in Paris o(...)

Ann Skelly

Over the past few decades, Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor, beginning in theatrical spaces and moving on to cinema, have developed a unique school of (...)

Enthusiasm for training is evident across the judiciary, with more than 70 per cent expressing a desire for it. Photograph: Frank Miller

When John O’Connor became a judge, first of the District Court, later the Circuit Court, there were no training courses available, bar an informal “sh(...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson: One of the myths about him  is that he has moved the Conservatives to the left by abandoning frugality and driving a tax and spend agenda. Photograph: Hannah McKay/PA

Boris Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle has been received at Westminster as an act of untrammelled political sovereignty by a leader who is the master of hi(...)

Patrick Kielty’s  heartfelt  film swings between optimism and despair

Alongside his work as comedian and TV presenter, Patrick Kielty has over recent years embarked on the parallel career of explaining Northern Ireland t(...)

 French president Emmanuel Macron and Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull on the deck of Australian Navy submarine HMAS Waller in May 2018. File photograph: Brendan Esposito/AFP via Getty Images

Smarting from Australia’s dumping of a deal with France, the European Union laid out its own plans on Thursday to beef up a presence in the Indo-Pacif(...)

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